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Aphrodisiaque - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel

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Ratings: 1,080
Reviews: 535
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.26%
Wants: 131
Gots: 112 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel visit their website
Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
American Stout |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Also known as Aphrodite or Aphrodisiac in the USA.

(Cacao Et A La Vanille)

(Beer added by: Popsinc on 06-10-2003)
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Photo of cooch69


4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So I got the Aprodite version of this one. It came in a screw top bottle and poured a deep murky black with the slightest shades of brown on the edges. Small one finger tan head.

Nose is semi-sweet 60% chocolate with some roasty toasty malts. The level of vanilla in the nose and taste comes off as more of a pure vanilla extract rather than anything artificial or fabricated.

Mouthfeel is creamy and velvety. This beer is inbetween a sipper and a session. As the bottle says this should go perfect with deserts of many kinds and I wish that I had a fancy chocolate cake right now.

My first impression on Dieu De Ciel is fairly good and I think I'll be back for some other offerings rather soon. I'm surprised it took me so long to try one of their beer's.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2011 04:21:32 | More by cooch69
Photo of duffcalifornia


4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle stamped 0 6 into a Duvel snifter.

A: Pours pitch black with a HUGE head - seriously like 4" of light mocha foam that has huge staying power and prevents me from pouring the entire beer at once. While this is the first time I've had this from a bottle (had it once on tap before) so I can't say if this level of head is normal, but it is absolutely the most gorgeous head I've ever seen. Needless to say, the lacing on this is out of this world.

S: Initially, this smells a bit hot, which is weird, because it's only 6.5% ABV. Beyond that, it smells of rich cocoa and a sweetness of roasted malt, with a faint hint of coffee, which makes sense since I've had this sitting in my cellar for at least six months.

T: Roasted malts, dark chocolate, again the faintest remnants of coffee. Again, not as tasty as I remember from on tap, but that's my fault more than likely for aging to long as opposed to the brewers.

M: Given the insane amount of head, this is as smooth and creamy as any stout I've had. I wouldn't call it especially viscous, but it seems appropriately carbonated.

O: The heat that still (somehow?) remains on this keeps it from top marks. I will have to re-review this with a fresher sample, because as it is this is extremely tasty, and minus the alcohol heat would be VERY drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2011 04:19:52 | More by duffcalifornia
Photo of Georgiabeer


4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black- inky and viscous. Smells super chocolatey and with a fair bit of vanilla- Fox's U-bet syrup with some dark cacao added. The taste is similar, with the dark cacao evident especially on the finish. The mouthfeel is quite silky, but the flavor, while good, seems slightly thin. A bit more oomph in the flavor department would make this beer excellent. As it stands, it's a fine beer, but one of the more genteel chocolate beers around. The vanilla notes, however, are very nice without being overbearing. Worth trying for sure.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2011 02:11:40 | More by Georgiabeer
Photo of InebriatedJoker


4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 11.5 oz bottle into pint goblet -best by date stamped 2 7 - $5.49 at Weilands.

A: Poured pitch black with three finger head that decended into a thin frothy lacing ,decent carbonation.

S: Roasted barley with cocoa and slight vanilla,slight coffee.

T: Smooth creamy cocoa with ample vanilla notes, slight coffee with some slight char.

O: I picked this up on a whim after trying Peche Mortel(which I love) , this one shouldn't play second fiddle to it either, It is a solid stout in every sense of the word . not overley sweet and very well balanced and blended -The more beers I try by Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel the more I'm liking what they do - well done .

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2011 00:32:08 | More by InebriatedJoker
Photo of Satchboogie

New Hampshire

4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a balloon tulip.

A: Pours pitch black with nearly 3 fingers of foamy mocha brown head. Leaves nice rings of lacing as the head dissipates.

S: Layers and layers of chocolate (very dark), roasted grains, vanilla, a little coffee presence, and a hint of wood (probably just charred grains). A chocolate and vanilla bomb.

T: Fairly soft chocolate up front, almost milk chocolate, with plenty of vanilla and a little coffee bitterness. The chocolate becomes darker and drier in the middle as the roasted malt base shines through, lending a bit of bitterness and slight charred wood (again, probably just from the grains). The finish is dry with roasted bitterness and dark chocolate.

M: Medium bodied, moderate to slightly high carbonation (for the style). Extremely smooth and velvety texture, way too easy to drink.

O: Very similar to how I remember it on tap, though the flavor seems just a touch less impressive. Still, it's easily one of the best regular-stout's I've had.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2011 04:44:55 | More by Satchboogie
Photo of OldIronLungs


3.93/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled labeled "Aphrodite" - not sure when the change took place. Poured into a Portsmouth balloon a dark black with a finger of tawny head that clings nicely to the edge of the glass as it quickly fades to a film.

Big chocolate on the nose, a touch of roasted coffee and brown sugar.

A sip is smooth and slightly viscous early on but thinning out through the sip. Some good prickly carbonation. It honestly reminds me a little bit of an egg cream. If you're unfamiliar, an egg cream is chocolate syrup, milk, and soda water. Not a big hop presence as you might expect in an American Stout, definitely a chocolate-forward example.

I think this is going to be a little bit better with some warmth, but the body is a thin overall. I don't get many more dimensions other than the chocolate and a touch of roast. Solid beer, a little underwhelming for the price.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2011 01:29:09 | More by OldIronLungs
Photo of Pexkool


4.88/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Completely black with a 1/2 finger chocolate brown head that quickly dissipates to a thin lace, leaving no traces at all in the glass.

S: It smells so good! Like a dark chocolate shake with traces of vanilla and coffee.

T: Chocolate paradise! Dark and semi-dark chocolate flavor with strong notes of toasted malt and coffee, with just a little bit of vanilla to make a perfect blend of flavors. An aftertaste of dark chocolate settles in your tongue.

M: Smooth, almost like drinking a chocolate milkshake, but slightly carbonated (in the good way). Being an unfiltered beer, it goes down smoothly and leaves a mouthful of flavors in its way.

Overall a must-drink for stout (or chocolate) lovers! It made its way into my favorite stout, leaving the Young's Double Chocolate and Rogue Chocolate stout far behind! I'll try to find more unfiltered beers from now on!

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2011 03:10:41 | More by Pexkool
Photo of ONUMello


3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.5oz bottle poured into a pint glass.
A: Jet black; 1/2 finger head
S: Smells just like chocolate ice cream
T: Chocolate, coffee, a hint of vanilla
M: Medium-bodied, slightly creamy, but comes across a bit watery as well
O: Definitely a solid beer. I did not find it as sweet as some have mentioned

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2011 03:44:34 | More by ONUMello
Photo of jondeelee


4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

With ingredients like "water, malt, cocoa beans, hops, vanilla beans," a stout could go either way: tasty, or tasting like a vanilla coke. Luckily, this is Dieu Du Ciel brewery, and the beer is thus in good hands. Aphrodisiaque has a rich, thick and malty nose with quite un-subtle hints of chocolate malts and massive brown sugars, overlaid with a good dollop of pure vanilla. Coffee and maple syrup round out the nose, pointing to a brew that's going to go down easily.

And it does: on the tongue, the beer is extremely flavorful, deeply-roasted chocolate malts dancing nicely with vanilla and cocoa, very much resembling a decadent dessert. These flavors do take a few seconds to ramp up--at first, the brew is almost watery--but when they do kick in, they take over the entire tongue, and keep firing until the end. The aftertaste is more of the same, slowly fading into a chocolate burn. Mouthfeel is quite watery‚ far more so than I was expecting for a stout‚ and carbonation is medium.

If this beer does have a fault, it's that it's a bit too sweet, tasting like a good stout has been poured over rich vanilla bean ice cream. If that's your poison, then give this one a try. If you're more into bitter hops and burnt flavors, you might want to go for something a bit heavier.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2011 19:25:34 | More by jondeelee
Photo of peensteen

Ontario (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nearly pitch black, tan head with traces of white, nice lacing on the glass. Smell is of vanilla bean, rated malt, coffee and chocolate not to sweet with some bittersweet notes, very nice to smell this one. Taste is smoky vanilla, followed by chocolate and roasted malt, coffee and more vanilla in the finish, lightly sweet but very well balanced. Thin to medium body, light carbonation, cream and milky as well. Excellent stuff, super easy drinking and very complex while still very approachable.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2011 23:40:38 | More by peensteen
Photo of mikul93


4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured black with a nice 1 finger mocha head.

S chocolate, vanilla and roast.

T Chocolate and vanilla with some coffee. Delicious beer!

M Creamy and smooth. Such a nice beer

O Loved this beer! The balance between the cocoa and the vanilla. Just outstanding.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2011 20:09:24 | More by mikul93
Photo of FanofHefe


4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a Duvel tulip; no dating on the bottle or label. Deep, black body with no light penetration. About a one-finger mocha head which dissipates fairly quickly leaving bits of lacing.

I'm very tempted to just say this smells like chocolate milk. Period. But, there is a hint of roasted malt that lends just a touch of bitterness.

Very tasty blend that follows the aroma - milk chocolate and roasted malt. But, there is just a bit of earthy hops that puts in an additional amount of bitterness.

Relatively thin mouthfeel for a stout, but not detracting. Overall, an excellent brew. With this and Peche Mortel in the line-up, this brewery obviously knows how to make a superb stout.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2011 01:30:31 | More by FanofHefe
Photo of ajsdad06


4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle from maltomeal.

Pours an inky black color with a small tan head that quickly becomes a ring.

The aroma is a wonderful blend of sweet milk chocolate, vanilla beans, roasted malts with the slightest hint of caramel dipped sugary coffee.

The flavor is nicely roasted malt, coffee with vanilla cream, chocolate, with some bitterness in the finish. This turned out to be drier and not as sweet as the nose indicated. I love the use of cocoa and vanilla bean with this beer; nothing too over the top.

Medium bodied and very smooth drinking. This is the more refined Felix to the bolder Oscar that is Southern Tier Choklat. Forget just desserts, I could drink this almost anytime.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2011 15:58:15 | More by ajsdad06
Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT


4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Black bodied beer with a cap of whitish tan head that stays at half a fingers head throughout the drink. Nice lacing sticking to side of the glass.

Smell: Dark chocolate and roasty malts. Vanilla sweetness starts to showing up as beer warms and the vanilla just continues to intensify.

Taste: Bittersweet cocoa bite upfront; followed by roasty and smokey notes from the malts. Vanilla seems to be a minor player in this beer at first and its most prevelant in the aftertaste, but does become more prominant as the beer warms(follows how the beer smells really closely). The vanilla is dominated by the bittersweet bite of the cocoa which seems to linger throught entire taste of this beer. No noticable alcohol while drinking this beer. Big flavors from a non-barrell aged stout that are really nicely balanced!

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Nice smooth stout beer.

Overall: What a stout! I really liked this beer because it has a bold flavor profile that is balanced to perfection. I really want to sit down and drink 2 or 3 bottles of this beer at a time and at 6.5% you can without gettng hammered. This canadian brewery really brings some serious delicous dark beers into the craft beer scene. Bravo! Must try for any stout lover!

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2011 05:52:31 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
Photo of gskitt

New York

4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was a very nice second stout choice after Peche De Mortal. Poured a really dark brown, could have been black. Mocha colored head, lasted a bit, some lacing on glass. Smelled of vanilla, lots of vanilla. Tasted sweeter rather than bittersweet, vanilla and coffee are prominent, drier mouthfeel than expected. Overall, another solid beer from the little brewery in Montreal.

Serving type: on-tap

07-12-2011 12:50:52 | More by gskitt
Photo of ChugginOil


4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.

This pours a dark dark brown that's damn near black. A tan colored head sits briefly before returning back into the glass. There is minimal lacing but some oily walls are left behind. The nose is wonderful. Some very prominent vanilla and cocoa notes are spilling out with boldness. Very sweet and inviting to say the least. The taste amplifies the nose by far. A bitter chocolate hits and settles to a sweeter, milkier taste. There is a good amount of vanilla blended in that isnt cloying or overpowering. Also, a bit of coffee stands out. The mouthfeel is a little thinner than i wanted but at the same time, this beer is very drinkable. Good stuff for sure.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2011 03:48:53 | More by ChugginOil
Photo of lnashsig


4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Many thanks to Beenitty for the chance to taste this one. My second offering from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel (the first being peche mortel). Poured into my dfh snifter, pours a pitch black syrupy texture, solid tan head on top, very nice retention. Smell- molasses, dark chocolate, vanilla, maybe some woodiness? Taste- Definetely dark chocolate first, with nice roasty bitterness. This mouthfeel is super chewy and thick. Love it for the style. What doesn't play through here is the coffee, but it may be because this bottle has some time on it. Overall, an impressive stout, I'd have it again for sure.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2011 01:31:25 | More by lnashsig
Photo of Digimaika2

Ontario (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Near black with a tall mocha coloured head that is incredibly creamy and billowy. Clings to the glass as it recedes.

S: Lots of sweet vanilla and dark chocolate notes. A strong roasted and creamy aroma. Caramel smelling malts present. Overall quite nice.

T: Creamy vanilla, dark chocolate, and roasted espresso beans. Tastes quite a bit like chocolate covered espresso beans, with quite a strong bitter roasted flavour. Wasn't expecting this much espresso from the smell but it's very pleasing.

M: Medium to lighter mouthfeel with a bit of pleasant grainyness. About average carbonation.

D: Definitely drinkable, and will be picking this up again. Great natural-tasting roasted flavours without being too over the top.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2011 03:31:32 | More by Digimaika2
Photo of Knapp85


3.9/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a deep brown color, nearly black. The head was about a half inch thick and laced pretty well. The smell of the beer has a strong roasted aroma with a little bit of sweetness on the nose. The taste of the beer is on the sweeter side, it's got good flavors of chocolate and vanilla. The aftertaste is semi-sweet and had a toasted bitter flavor. The mouthfeel was about medium bodied and felt pretty slick. Overall it was a good stout, worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2011 22:34:11 | More by Knapp85
Photo of ikats

New Jersey

4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours nearly black in color with light brown, lively head. First smell reminded me of cigars (don't ask me why). At second smell it's rich, dark chocolate aroma. Quite spectacular. I want to light a cigar and get some vanilla ice cream (my favorite food combination with stouts) at the same time. Taste is again dark chocolate. It's sweet with a touch of dark bitterness. This is really liquid chocolate in a pint glass. It reminded me of Java Stout I had at Kuhnhenn some years ago except there it was all about coffee.

The more I drink this beer while writing this review, I'm trying to come up with possible dessert combinations. This is such an excellent dessert beer.

Mouthfeel is very smooth and body is substantial. A wonderful beer and a very welcome gift from my friends in Montreal!

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2011 05:19:56 | More by ikats
Photo of evanlarkin

District of Columbia

4.55/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown to black with a minimal head. When held up to the light, you can get a bit of red to shine through the middle.

Vanilla with the most amazing chocolate ice-cream smell. Sweet malt smell comes in behind with a bit of an iced coffee aroma sitting in the background.

Vanilla and dark malts take the forefront, with a very good balance of cocoa and coffee coming through in the background. Some grassy/floral hoppiness in the aftertaste, but fairly mild. Great balance between bitterness and sweetness.

Slightly chewy, but not quite syrupy. It's a god, thick feeling for a stout like this. Medium carbonation.

Wow. I love it. I'm a big fan of vanilla in beer, and this is certainly no exception. As a stout goes, this is exemplary. Well balanced and well made.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2011 20:43:30 | More by evanlarkin
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New York

4.65/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Dieu de Ciel Aphrodisiaque on tap at their brewpub in Montrael.

Appearance-a black black black appearance in the glass with a large creamy thick head. Settles nicely with the foam as the beer settles. Lots of carbonation and continually cracking bubbles.

Smell-heavenly mix of chocolate coffee scents and the sharp hint of vanilla, these scents dominate but I do detect some malt in the background of the roasted variety. Strong and nice aroma.

Taste/Mouthfeel-creamy at first, luscious vanilla backed up by roasted coffee and other smoked flavors. Medium mouthfeel a nice smoothness throughout, slightly chewy but goes down surprisingly easy. Tasty and layered with lots there to explore.

Overall-a wonderful beer, I could not get enough of this. An excellent drink and a great representation of a Vanilla Stout, seek this out.

Serving type: on-tap

06-19-2011 21:17:20 | More by TheDeuce
Photo of smakawhat


4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a large snifter. Batch code 2-7 refers to bottling date of May 2011.

Jet black body on appearance with a nice cocoa brown head. Big tiny bubbles of lacing sheets on the glass and some thick whipped bubbles for a real wild appearance.

Smell is a faint chocolate instant Quick breakfast drink, grain husk, and just a hint of vanilla.

Taste is quite a surprise, mostly a good solid tobacco dryness in the palate, with a creamy texture. Husky like grain chew comes through a little bit in the swallow. An unusual heat on the gulping comes through giving a big tobacco burst.

Overall pretty interesting, but I was thinking more vanilla would be presented but it didn't come out. It's still a great stout for it's style would have again anytime.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2011 19:43:36 | More by smakawhat
Photo of drabmuh


4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Peche Mortel's retarded little sister. Just kidding, it's a good beer.

Beer is black and dark with a thin tan head that halos quickly leaving minimal lacing under low carbonation.

Aroma is sweeter than Peche Mortel, more vanilla, more sweetness, less coffee.

Beer is medium body, sweet up front, moderate bitterness at the back of the beer, the midpalate has some vanilla and more sweetness. I'd have it again, my wife loves this beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2011 19:27:53 | More by drabmuh
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Ontario (Canada)

4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

341 mL bottle, poured into a snifter at cellar temperature.
Bottled on Date: February.2011
Thanks to EnemyWithin for this one!

Appearance- Pours completely black and opaque with no light penetrating anywhere on this one not even on the edges. Average pour yields a finger and almost a half of fluffy tan mocha head that quickly dissipates to a bubbly top with a nice above average ring around the glass, leaving average lacing throughout till finsish.

Smell- Lots of dark chocolate smells coming from this one, with a nice roasted malt aroma mixed with hints of coffee and a sweet vanilla caramel smell in there as well. I do also get a slight hint of alcohol although it is not that high of an ABV.

Taste- Wow the smokiness on this one is incredible, lots of burnt flavours coming through right away mixed with a deep roasted malt flavour as well. You do get a bit of bitter coffee thrown in there as well as a hint of dark chocolate, and finishes with that sweet vanilla caramel flavour again.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied although it is very creamy going down, ample carbonation for a stout that leaves a nice tan top till finish.

Overall- Pretty amazing stout from a pretty amazing brewery, I wish I could get this one on a regular basis but unfortunately I had to trade for it and I only got one. I would definitely drink this one on a regular basis and wish I got a six pack of it. The smells are great and just what a stout should be, and the tastes follow up just as amazing with a fantastic roasted malt smokiness that just does not quit. Thoroughly enjoyed this stout and I would definitely drink this on a regular basis if I could.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2011 07:01:40 | More by Roke87
Aphrodisiaque from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
94 out of 100 based on 1,080 ratings.